Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 4 Sport – Which is Better?

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Last Updated on November 24, 2020 by Jude Simeone

Just when Fossil fans expected a smartwatch powered by the Snapdragon 4100 chip, Fossil, however, released Gen 5e – a lower-end version of Gen 5 powered by the outdated Snapdragon 3100 chip. It’s the same chip powering Gen 4 Sport – which is the first fossil smartwatch to be powered by the 3100 chip. This post takes a look at the difference between Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 4 Sport – which is better? Read on to find out my verdict.

Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 4 Sport Specifications Compared

Fossil Gen 5e (44mm)Fossil Gen 4 Sport
fossil gen 5e full specsfossil gen 4 sport

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Design:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Features:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Price:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Average:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFossil Gen 5e (44mm)Fossil Gen 4 Sport
Device typeClassic/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorFossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Gen 3 Sport (Q Control)
Successor--__
Released dateNovember, 2020November, 2018
Ideal forMenUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLED (Always-on)AMOLED
Display size1.2 inches1.2 inch (41mm)
1.3 inch (43mm)
Display resolution416 x 416 pixels390 x 390 pixel
Pixel density328 ppi--
Input typeTouchscreen plus 1 rotating crownTouchscreen
3 physical buttons
(1 digital crown, 2 programmable)
Always-onYesYes
Customizable watch faceYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension44 x 44 x 12 mm43 x 43 x 12mm
41 x 41 x 11mm
Weight----
Casing materialStainless steelAluminum
Strap/band materialStainless steel
Leather
Silicone
Silicone
Bezel MaterialStainless steelCeramics
Strap size22mm22mm (43mm)
18mm (41mm)
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 22mm, 18mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glassCorning Gorilla glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 3ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYesYes
Color(s)Black steel/silicone
Black steel/black steel
Black steel/brown leather
Black
Gray
Red
Green
Blue

MEMORY

RAM1GB0.5GB
Internal storage4GB4GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Bluetooth callingYesNo
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSYesYes

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo
BandNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
StressYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
Blood oxygenNoNo
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoNo
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNo
Preloaded mapsNoNo
On-screen workout modesNoNo
Triathlon mode____
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNo

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerYesNo
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassNoNo
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse OximeterNoNo
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Other sensors____

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Wear OSWear OS
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 3100Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100
CPU--1.2 GHz Quad-core
4x ARM Cortex A7
GPU--Qualcomm Adreno 304 GPU

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ____
Battery lifeStandby: 3 days+
Mixed usage: 1 day+
Standby:2 days+
Mixed usage: ~ 24 hrs
Charging typeInductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYes
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingYesYes

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYes__

MISC

Payment systemGoogle payGoogle pay
Compatibility Android 6.0 (excluding Go edition)+
iOS 10.0+
Android 6.0 (excluding Go edition)+
iOS 10.0+
Companion appFossil Q appFossil Q app
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Fossil Gen 5e (44mm)Fossil Gen 4 Sport
StrapsStraps
Inductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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Which is Better?

There isn’t much difference between Gen 5e and Gen 4 Sport except for the different materials, sizes, a loudspeaker in Gen 5e, performance, and probably battery life. Both smartwatches have the same fitness tracking features that include the ability to track your sleep, heart rate, calories, steps, and as well have inbuilt GPS that allows you to track outdoor activities.

However, while Gen 5e comes in 44mm and 42mm, Gen 4 Sport comes in 43mm and 41mm. Moreover, while Gen 5e has a stainless steel case and one physical button, Gen 4 Sport has a case made of aluminum with three physical buttons by the side. While both smartwatches are powered by Snapdragon 3100, Gen 5e has a higher 1GB RAM compared to 0.5GB of Gen 4 Sport which certainly represents slightly better performance, especially with an under-performing 3100 chip. Beyond these, while both smartwatches have a microphone that allows you to access Google assistant, Gen 5e also has a loudspeaker that enables you to make and receive calls from the watch when the connected phone is nearby.

In other words, Gen 5e made of steel is more durable, and is also a more comprehensive smartwatch, thanks to the presence of a loudspeaker that enables Bluetooth calling from the watch.

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